Clippers survive Nets' wild comeback on Lou Williams' last-second three

The Brooklyn Nets just would not go away.

The Los Angeles Clippers had led for nearly the entire fourth quarter on Sunday and led by as much as 10 points with a minute left before the Nets started an improbable comeback that tied the game on Jarrett Allen’s dunk with 5.3 seconds left.

But they left too much time for Lou Williams. Despite being smothered by a pair of defenders, the Sixth Man of the Year heavyweight knocked down a game-winning three from 28 feet out at the final buzzer to top the Nets, 119-116.

“I shoot it from anywhere,” Williams said. “They allowed me to go to one of my sweet spots, and I made the shot.”

The Clippers looked to be running away at the end, when they started the fourth quarter on an 18-4 run, but Brooklyn stormed back with 10 straight points midway through the quarter. LA continued to push ahead, though, with Williams scoring 11 of his 25 points in the final frame.

Brooklyn made the game so close by playing near-perfect basketball down the stretch. Spencer Dinwiddie made a pair of free throws with 58.2 seconds left, and after Montrezl Harrell missed both of his free throws, D'Angelo Russell knocked down a three to bring it within five.

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After a Clippers five-second violation, DeMarre Carroll converted an and-one with 34.5 seconds left. And with a Patrick Beverley missed three, Allen pushed it up the court and dunked to tie the game before Williams took over once again.

The win was crucial for the Clippers, which pushed them back into an effective tie with the Utah Jazz for the No. 7 seed. The Clippers are also only a half game back of the San Antonio Spurs and would desperately like to avoid a first-round matchup with the Golden State Warriors.

Los Angeles Clippers' Lou Williams (23) is mobbed by teammates after making the game-winning shot as time expired during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) is mobbed by teammates after making the game-winning shot as time expired. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Historic win for Doc Rivers

Sunday’s win was Clippers head coach Doc Rivers’ 300th with LA. That gives him 887 wins for the career — he had 416 with the Boston Celtics — but more importantly, it makes him the seventh coach to ever win 300 games with multiple franchises.

Here’s the rundown of the other coaches to reach the three century mark with two teams:

  • Don Nelson (540 Bucks, 422 Warriors, 339 Mavericks)

  • Lenny Wilkens (478 SuperSonics, 316 Cavaliers, 310 Hawks)

  • Phil Jackson (902 Lakers, 738 Bulls)

  • Pat Riley (533 Lakers, 454 Heat)

  • George Karl (423 Nuggets, 384 SuperSonics)

  • Dick Motta (356 Bulls, 329 Mavericks)

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